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In her popular Goddesses in Every woman , Jungian analyst Bolen told females how to relate to the Aphrodite or Hera within them. Now she's back with more received wisdom from Mount Olympus, this time for men, as exemplified by such thunderbolts as: "An Apollo man isn't much of a lover"; "The Zeus man prides himself on seeing the bigger picture"; "A Hermes man finds settling down difficult." Her attempt to systematically map a masculine psychology based on archetypes personified by Greek gods is at least as simplistic as sun-sign astrology but often sounds more vapid. She does instant readings on celebs too: John Belushi and Jim Morrison, "public Dionysus figures," burned out and didn't survive their midlife crises; Robert Kennedy "had an Ares streak," which did not endear him to the Mafia, and so forth. Photos. $40,000 ad/promo; author tour.
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"A fascinating book....Novel, visionary and helpful." -- --San Francisco Chronicle

"This book will help you discover the mythic depth that is the wellspring of your life." -- --Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Perennial Library ed edition (April 9, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060972807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060972806
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don't Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree, and Moving Toward the Millionth Circle, with over eighty foreign translations. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing's "Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award", and the Asssociation for the Study of Women and Mythology's Demeter Award for her lifetime achievement in women's spirituality. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She was in two acclaimed documentaries, the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women--For America, For the World, and the Canadian Film Board's Goddess Remembered. The Millionth Circle Initiative (www.millonthcircle.org)was inspired by her book and led to her involvement at the UN. She is an advocate for a UN 5th World Conference on Women (www.5wcw.org), which was supported by the Secretary General and the President of the General Assembly on March 8, 2012. Her website is www.jeanbolen.com.

Event schedule: http://www.jeanshinodabolen.com/schedule.html
Most current and past newsletters: http://www.jeanshinodabolen.com/newsletters/index.html

2014 New Publications: 30th Anniversary Edition of Goddesses in Everywoman, 25th Anniversary Edition of Gods in Everyman (both from HarperCollins, July 2014), and Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman (Conari Press, an imprint of Red Wheel Weiser, September 2014).

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1997
Format: Paperback
I am hardly a literary critic. I'm just a 38 year old husband and father and the product of an extremely unfortunate childhood. I bought this book and couldn't put it down. If you're a guy, you'll find yourself described among the author's pages and you'll see yourself a bit differently as a man. It's really refreshing and inspiring. I know my life has changed. If you're a woman, you'll probably understand the man you love, whether he's your mate, your son or father, a bit better. It's a great book. :
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Indymindy on August 13, 2005
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I recently finished reading Jean Shinoda Bolen's book on archetypes in women over 50 and found it to be exceptional. I purchased other of her work and this one on men's archetypes is providing me, as a woman, insight into the male behaviour. I find it to be very informative. She has a way of describing the archetypes that grasps your thoughts and runs with them.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Phallix on January 4, 2003
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One of my favorite Jungian authors has written a book that I keep giving away. I have given it to young fathers trying to understand their sons, I have given it to friends trying to understand themselves, I have given it to collegues trying to understand their patients, and I give it to myself by reading every now and then.
If you want a framework, a language, a reference point to understand and discuss men's issues....this a great book. I used it in a workshop I led for psychiatric residents and for three years heard references to it in our discussions and supervision.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Scott on August 2, 2000
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This book, together with its companion volume "Gods in EveryWoman" have been foundational in my understanding of my experience of clinical depression. The experience of Persephone speaks very powerfully. Following her myth through I also found that Hades and Dionysus spoke powerfully as well. I have either bought or borrowed every book or article she makes reference to in my myths and some she doesn't. Her evocation of those Gods and Goddesses does justice to all the sources I have found. This is profound stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Wells on September 7, 2009
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Archetypes are a powerful tool for self-knowledge because they tap into the universal collective language we all share. Learning to become more aware of your own archetypes can help you see yourself, the bigger picture and is a good place to start creating solutions for yourself and others. This book is for men but women will benefit as well by integrating the masculine archetypes within themselves and to better understand the men in their lives. Jean Shinoda Bolen has also written a most wonderful book for women called "Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives". Both of her books are keepers in my library and I refer to them often for reference in my own writing.
Affirmations for the Everyday Goddess Spiritual Guidebook & 22 Wisdom Cards for Contemplation & Prayer (based on the 22 major arcana of the tarot)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Housman on April 26, 2010
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Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of several books on the archetypal gods and goddesses in our lives, is a thoughtful writer whose prose is easy to handle, being not only easy to understand but filled with interesting examples from life. I liked both books, Gods In Every Man and Goddesses In Everywoman. I am about to teach a course on the role of the Greeks, their stories, of Ulysses, the gods and the goddesses in our lives today. This book was a "god" send, and both were highly recommended by a teacher who teaches courses that deal with Carl Jung and his writings. Both books give an excellent overview of many of the players in the Greek Olympian panoply of gods and goddesses and so it's also by way of introduction to a fascinating subject, well researched, well written, and totally engaging.
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By A Customer on January 6, 2015
Format: Hardcover
This gives a detailed history of the Gods of ancient Greece, and their counterparts in Rome. Tells the birth of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. Tells what came before them, and tells the origins of the other Olympian Deities - Ares, Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Dionysus, Hermes and Hephaestus. The myths alone are worth reading the book, but there is much more.

Each God is symbolic, for the Most Potent Qualities of the Masculine Psyche. The Gods are the personification of the Eternal Traits of Masculinity. Any man can relate to Zeus, Poseidon and Hades to some degree, though most favor one of the three. The strong domineering types relate most to Zeus, Those with deep feelings prefer Poseidon, and Introverts favor Hades. Olympus, the Ocean, and the Underworld are used as metaphors for for the unconscious and subconscious minds.

The lesser deities are also used. Their Myths embody the Timeless Tales, the stories that repeat in every generation. Dionysus, Hermes, and Apollo are the embodiment of the out going social actions. Ares is the personification of the Warrior Personality - he's both a protector and destroyer. Hephaestus represents the craftsman, and artist. He embodies men who express themselves through work/creativity.

Every man can have a connection to one, or more, of the Gods. If he can identify the Archetypes he favors, he can then activate them, and harness their power. He can have The Divine Maleness flowing through his Mind, Heart, and Soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Clark on May 12, 2013
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Bolen's work helps me understand men. After multiple re-readings, I'm still finding it fascinating and helpful. I find it more helpful than any other self-help psychology book and I've read a lot of those.
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